Moth that looks like a catfish
Location:  Sarasota, FL
August 25, 2010 10:55 pm
This moth was just chillin on the door frame outside of my house this morning. He didn’t move. I couldn’t see his eyes. Very weird. I’ve never seen it before, so I posted it’s picture on facebook. No one could tell me either. Good luck!
Sarah Hutchinson

Mournful Sphinx

Hi Sarah,
We don’t know why we have such a difficult time remembering that this unmistakable looking moth is a Mournful Sphinx,
Enyo lugubris.  We have to look up its name each time a photo is submitted to us. Bill Oehlke’s website is the best place to search for Sphinx Moths in the family Sphingidae.

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Our first sighting of the Great Swallowtail, I think
Location:  Clearwater, Florida
August 25, 2010 6:39 pm
This butterfly visited our papaya flowers last week and posed so beautifully, I had to take its photo. At first I thought it was a Schaus butterfly but the book I looked into said no.
Linda from Organic Living

Giant Swallowtail

Hi Linda,
You have photographed the largest butterfly in North America, the Giant Swallowtail,
Papolio cresphontes, which you may learn about on BugGuide.  To get a better idea of the subtly beautiful markings on the Giant Swallowtail’s wings, see this BugGuide image.

What kind of Mantis is this guy?
Location:  Tucson, Arizona
August 25, 2010 5:20 pm
Hey, I live in Arizona. It’s a mild high-90’s day in Tucson, and we’ve had lots of rain, and I came home to find this guy on my door. It doesn’t look exactly like any mantis I’ve seen before. Was only about 2 1/2 – 3 inches long.
Curious, Jonathan

California Mantis

Hi Jonathan,
We believe your mantis is a California Mantis,
Stagomantis californica, and we believe it is an individual female because the wings are so underdeveloped and because of the shape of the abdomen. According to BugGuide there are:  “Green, yellow, brown color phases. Abdomen has dark bands. Body form similar to other members of its genus.” You may compare your image to images on BugGuide, but there are no green specimens on the website at the stage of development of your individual.

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Location:  port orange, FL USA
August 25, 2010 4:21 pm
hello, i found 2 larva? maybe in my backyard, and i have no idea what they could be. they are light brown/ beige in color with black spots and have no visible mouth or eyes or any other hole for that matter. one end moves and has a spike-like thing on the tip. the other end is hard. i found them both underground, and they came up when i was doing some gardening, in the afternoon. i would love to know what they are and what they will become.
the green thumb

Tersa Sphinx Pupa

Dear the green thumb,
This is the pupa of the Tersa Sphinx,
Xylophanes tersa, and you may compare your photo to an image posted to BugGuide and you may read additional information on the BugGuide information page.

Dolomedes scriptus or tenebrosus, maybe?
Location:  Fairfield, Maine USA
August 23, 2010 12:23 pm
Dear Bugman,
I was heading fishing and found a colony or family of fishing spiders on the side of the dock. I think they were all the same type, but I could not be certain. The longest legged one was carrying an egg sac.
Thank you,
James R

Fishing Spider with Egg Sac

Hi James,
If we had to chose between the two species, we would guess that your Fishing Spider is
Dolomedes scriptus based on this photo posted to BugGuide.

Fishing Spider

Hi Daniel,
Yes, that does look correct.  Thanks a bunch and keep up the great work on the site!

Hummingbird Moth
Location:  Solsberry,Indiana
August 24, 2010 9:10 pm
I thought you might like the these images. Pretty sure these are hummingbird moths though I’m not certain what type. These are fun to watch in the evening…beautiful.
Love your website!
Holly Sciscoe

Carolina Sphinx

Hi Holly,
This is a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae, the members of which are frequently mistaken for hummingbirds.  This is one of two species in the genus
Manduca.  We believe it is the Carolina Sphinx, Manduca sexta (see Bill Oehlke’s website), though it might be the Five Spotted Hawkmoth, Manduca quinquemaculata, also on Bill Oehlke’s website.  Both species have caterpillars that feed on the leaves of tomato plants.  Your photos are awesome and quite detailed action images.

Carolina Sphinx